Welwyn Garden City couple delighted to announce new patron of their national charity

PUBLISHED: 15:16 28 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:16 28 June 2017

Natasha Kaplinsky OBE is the new patron of Jake's Charity. Picture Credit: Ruth Crafer.

Natasha Kaplinsky OBE is the new patron of Jake's Charity. Picture Credit: Ruth Crafer.


One of the UK’s best-known broadcasters has taken on the role of patron of a national maternity charity created by a Welwyn Garden City couple following the death of their son.

Rachel Canter, 43, and husband Andrew, 48, of Welwyn Garden City, tragically suffered the loss of their stillborn baby Jake, in 2005.

Twelve years later the couple have created their own charity, National Maternity Support Foundation (NMSF) also known as Jake’s Charity, which supports midwives and allows them to further educate them on bereavement care.

The charity has recently appointed Natasha Kaplinsky as its patron.

Natasha, recently appointed an OBE, has presented the news for Sky News, BBC News, Channel 5 and ITV.

The journalist has been a supporter of NMSF mainly behind the scenes and has now decided to publicly announce her support by becoming a patron of the charity.

Natasha has presented the annual Royal College of Midwives (RCM) annual awards on several occasions.

A significant proportion of NMSF funds are directly invested in ensuring that maternity services are kept safe and well resourced.

An important part of this is training and development for midwives. This includes funding for Jake’s Scholarship that results in an award-winning midwife becoming a trained bereavement counsellor and being designated as one of Jake’s Midwives.

There are currently 11 Jake’s Midwives across the UK.

The Charity’s ambition is that every NHS Maternity Unit has a qualified Jake’s Midwife as an essential part of the team.

Andrew Canter, chairman of NMSF, said: “We are delighted to welcome Natasha as a patron of the charity.

“To have someone of her stature and experience in helping to achieve our objectives is amazing.

“Her enthusiasm for maternity care is infectious and her high-profile work in campaigning and fundraising will be invaluable to us.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with her and look forward to further significant developments for NMSF.”

Natasha Kaplinsky, said: “I have been really impressed by NMSF’s great work to help improve maternity care over the past few years through my involvement with the RCM Awards.

“They have shown that by recognising the incredible work of midwives and awarding them a scholarship in the challenging area of bereavement care makes such a positive difference to parents and their families.

“I am looking forward to being part of their journey and helping them as a proud patron of the charity.”

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